Category: Family Safety

Bite Prevention and safety for the whole family. These video tips are focused on dogs, but apply to all species.

(Video 82) How and Why to Train Your Dog to Wear a Muzzle

Muzzles can be used to prevent dog bites in situations where you are unsure of how your dog will react. Dogs should be trained in advance to be comfortable wearing muzzles, and this video explains how to do that. Muzzle training is actually a good idea for all dogs and puppies, because dogs who are injured can be unpredictable and may need to be muzzled.

Never put your dog in a situation where you think it's likely he or she will bite, of course. But when you have prepared your dog for a greeting and you believe everything will probably go well, or when your dog needs emergency medical care, a muzzle can come in very handy.

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(Video 81) Ouch! Why Animals Bite and How to Prevent It

Animals, including dogs, bite for a whole lot of reasons. The severity can be anything from a puppy play bite to a bite to kill. Watch this video to learn some of the reasons animals bite and what you can do to prevent bites.

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(Video 77) “I want it!” How to Stop Demand Barking or Vocalizations

Does your dog bark at you for attention? Maybe he drops the ball and barks at you to throw it, throw it, throw it? This video explains how to look for more polite requests for attention and other ways to teach your dog to quietly let you know what he wants.

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(Video 76) Help! My Dog is Chasing the Cat

Even though many dogs chase cats, that doesn't have to be the case in your home! The easiest variation of not chasing cats is to teach your dogs that "their" cat is part of the family and not to be chased in the house.

Note: this could be a life-and-death situation for your cat, depending on how seriously your dog is going after the cat. As always, please consider hiring a dog trainer near you if your animal is in danger.

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(Video 64) It’s a Baby! Help Your Dog Welcome Your New Child

If you are expecting a baby, congratulations! Not all dogs are keen to have a baby around, and even the happiest of dogs should be prepared to have another little human in the house. Having a baby will dramatically change your daily routine, which can be stressful for your dog. This video gives useful ideas to make your baby's homecoming peaceful and easy.

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(Video 63) Adding a New Dog to Your Home

Getting a new dog or puppy? Start out on the right paw, because first impressions really do count!

Take a few minutes to watch this video to get some tips on how to best introduce your new dog to the existing animals in the home. Following the tips in this video will help you prevent problems before they start, by avoiding fighting and reducing stress for everyone.

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(Video 50) Wait: How and Why to Train a Solid Wait

Stop right there! Does your dog dash out of the house or pop out of the car as soon as you open the door?

Wait tells your dog that he should not get out of the car, leave the house, etc. It is different from Stay, which is about holding an exact position. This video explains some reasons to train your dog to Wait and teaches you how to get your dog to be an expert in patience.

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(Video 23) How to Set Boundaries for Animal Care

Boundaries define personal dignity and integrity. They are rules about what we can and cannot accept. Boundaries define ways that we feel comfortable interacting, how we want to be spoken to or touched. This video explores ways to set boundaries with and for your pets.
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(Video 13) Watch This Before Petting Another Animal!

Dogs and many other furred and feathered animals are fun to pet! That doesn't mean they like us touching them the way we are doing it - if at all! In this video, Grisha goes through how to greet animals in a way that makes them feel more safe and happy.
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(Video 12) 10 Ways that Your Pet Says “I’m OK”

Learning when your pet is saying "I like that" or "more please" is really fun! Understanding happy communication gives you a better bond with your animals and also helps you meet their needs.
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(Video 11) 10 Ways that Your Pet Says “I need space”

Did you know that a wagging tail does not necessarily mean your dog is happy? Animals often ask us to back off because they are scared. Unfortunately, humans miss most of the signals and our pets have to bark, hiss, growl, or even bite to finally get the message across.
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